The Spring Sun’s out its time to change from butter to olive oil

Cheap European travel and the plethora of cooking programmes have made olive oil a serious alternative to butter and other fats.  Supermarkets shelves are always stacked with ten or more different brands or styles.  This of course increases when the warmer weather arrives and shoppers are happy to swap gutsy food for lighter salads drizzled in olive oil based dressings.

What is the difference between virgin and extra virgin olive oil?  Olive oil produced in the European Union is graded by acidity levels. To be labelled ‘extra virgin’,  the level of acidity must be no more than one gram per litre; ‘virgin oil’ has a level of above one gram to a maximum of two grams per litre.  The very best olive oils hover around 0.3g of acidity.

Demand for top notch boutique extra virgin olive, like blue chip burgundy outstrips supply and won’t be found on the supermarket shelves.  They are rare expensive treat for the few!

For cooking and salad dressings, don’t be sniffy about the own brands – they have improved big time over the last twenty years.  Put a bottle in the trolley

 Sainsbury’s Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Can I Eat It iPhone App lets you know what is in the Sainsbury's Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Can I Eat It iPhone App lets you know what is in the  Sainsbury’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil barcode
Not forgetting:
Albero Antico, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Want an oil that delivers flavours of peel fruit with a peppery finish for bread dipping or a salad dressing?  If the price and size fits – put a bottle in the trolley.
Competing Brands: Bertolli, Filippo Berio & Napolina

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  4. I cook with coconut oil or bttuer more than 90% of the time. I never cook with olive oil. I only used it as a dressing.The smoke point is only used to determine when the oil will start to smoke. If olive oil has a smoke point of 350 degrees it does NOT mean that you can cook with it at a temperature of up to 350 degrees.Just keep it simple folks. Cook with saturated fat its stable. Coconut oil, bttuer, ghee and tallow or lard if you want.Use olive oil as a dressing. I LOVE sesame oil awesome flavors but just drizzle that on some foods a little goes a long ways!


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